Trump, Modi to discuss security cooperation, fighting terror

Washington
13 Jun 2017

President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their first meeting would set forth a vision to expand the US-India ties in an ambitious manner and discuss ways to advance common goals like fighting terrorism and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The leaders of the world's two largest democracies with a combined population of 1.6 billion will meet on June 26 at the White House to discuss a gamut of bilateral issues, including India's concerns over possible changes in H1B visa rules. "I think you can expect the two of them to set forth a vision that will expand the US-India partnership in an ambitious and worthy way of both countries' people," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told newspersons at his daily news conference on Monday.

Spicer cited "fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and expanding security cooperation in the Indo- Pacific region" as shared priorities. The Indo-Pacific region includes the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbours in multiple disputes over islands. "President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens," Spicer said.